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Holy and Illustrious Apostle Matthew the Evangelist

 

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Holy and Illustrious Apostle Matthew the Evangelist wrote one of the four Gospels in the New Testament in the Holy Bible. Then, he is one of the Evangelists.
There are texts of this Gospel in Greek. Originally, this Gospel may have been written in Aramaic. Aramaic was the language of Holy God the Son within the Holy Trinity / Our Lord, God and Savior, Jesus Christ. This Gospel was written at the beginning of the second half of the first century and is listed second.
Holy and Illustrious Apostle Matthew the Evangelist was one of the original twelve Apostles of Holy God the Son within the Holy Trinity / Our Lord, God and Savior, Jesus Christ.

NameLanguage
of Gospel
SynopticWhen WrittenApostle or Disciple
MatthewHave Greek text
spoken common Greek of the time

Originally may
have been
written in
Aramaic
YesBeginning of the second half of the first centuryApostle - One of the original twelve Apostles of Holy God the Son within the Holy Trinity / Our Lord, God and Savior, Jesus Christ

 

Figure and Order
AuthorBeginning of GospelFigureOrder
of Gospel
Feast Day
MatthewGeneology of Christ as man.ManFirst16 Nov.

Sometimes, all the Evangelists are shown as a Man.

AuthorFacingBeardFeast Day
MatthewAs you face him, he faces rightWhite, Longest16 Nov.

Biography

16 November - Holy and Illustrious Apostle Matthew the Evangelist was the publican or tax-collector who invited Holy God the Son within the Holy Trinity / Our Lord, God and Savior, Jesus Christ to a banquet.

Name

Holy and Illustrious Apostle Matthew the Evangelist also has the name "Levi".

Kontakion, Troparion, Exapostilarion, and Vespers Sticheron or Doxastichon

Troparion (Tone 3)
O Holy Apostle Matthew the Evangelist, intercede with God all-merciful that He may grant us the remission of our sins.

Kontakion (TONE 4)
When you renounced the intruments of a tax-collector to choose those of justice, you became an excellent merchant, rich in divine wisdom. You preached the word of truth, and by your vivid description of the Last Judgment, exhorted us to be always ready.

More information

St. Matthew Catholic Encyclopedia

St. Matthew the Evangelist Saint Joseph Melkite Greek Catholic Church, Lawrence, Massachusetts, Click on Feasts of Major Saints

Ikon

St. Matthew the Evangelist Saint Joseph Melkite Greek Catholic Church, Lawrence, Massachusetts, Click on Feasts of Major Saints

More information about the Gospels

Gospels
Divine Liturgy - Gospel

Evangelist
Name
Order
of Gospel
Language
of Gospel
SynopticWhen WrittenApostle or Disciple
MatthewFirstHave Greek text
spoken common Greek of the time

Originally may
have been
written in
Aramaic
YesBeginning of the second half of the first centuryApostle - One of the original twelve Apostles of Holy God the Son within the Holy Trinity / Our Lord, God and Savior, Jesus Christ
MarkSecondGreek
spoken common Greek of the time
YesBeginning of the second half of the first centuryDisciple of The Holy, Glorious and Illustrious Prince of the Apostles Peter and of The Holy, Glorious and Illustrious Prince of the Apostles Paul.

Did not know Holy God the Son within the Holy Trinity / Our Lord, God and Savior, Jesus Christ.
LukeThirdGreek
spoken common Greek of the time
YesBeginning of the second half of the first centuryDisciple of The Holy, Glorious and Illustrious Prince of the Apostles Paul.

Did not know Holy God the Son within the Holy Trinity / Our Lord, God and Savior, Jesus Christ.
JohnFourthGreek
spoken common Greek of the time
NoTowards the end of the first century in EphesusApostle - One of the original twelve Apostles of Holy God the Son within the Holy Trinity / Our Lord, God and Savior, Jesus Christ

Ikons of the Evangelists

Sometimes, all the Evangelists are shown as an Figure. Each Evangelist has his own figure.
The four figures are taken from the Book of Ezekiel (1:10) in the Old Testament in the Holy Bible. "Their faces were like this: each of the four had the face of a man, but on the right side was the face of a lion, and on the left side the face of an ox, and finally each had the face of an eagle." Theses figures are applied to the author of the Gospel according to how each Gospel begins.
These figures determine the order of the Gospels in the New Testament in the Holy Bible. The Gospels are listed in the same order as the figures are listed in the Book of Ezekiel.
The Holy Prophet Ezechiel

Figure and Order
AuthorBeginning of GospelFigureOrder
of Gospel
Feast Day
MatthewGeneology of Christ as man.ManFirst16 Nov.
MarkSaint Martyr Prophet John the Baptist.
Prophet John the Baptist was like a lion roaring in the desert.
LionSecond25 April
LukeThe priest Zachariah offering incense in the Temple.
A priest also offers sacrifice.
A sacrifice needs a sacrificial victim.
A typical sacrificial victim was an ox.
OxThird18 Oct.
John"In the beginning was the Word ...".
The author sees things from a high level.
The author is clear-sighted, like an eagle.
EagleFourth26 Sept.
8 May

Sometimes, all the Evangelists are shown as a Man.

AuthorFacingBeardFeast Day
MatthewAs you face him, he faces rightWhite, Longest16 Nov.
MarkAs you face him, he faces leftBrown, Short25 April
LukeAs you face him, he faces rightBrown, Shortest18 Oct.
JohnAs you face him, he looks behind him to face leftWhite, Long26 Sept.
8 May

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